British, Obama Escalate on Syria Crisis To Target Russia
March 11, 2012 • 8:31AM

In the fast-moving Southwest Asian cockpit, it is always important to keep your eye on the policy, not the predicates. And as Lyndon LaRouche has repeatedly stressed, the British policy, roughly translated is: Dear Russia and China; either submit, or we'll blow you to smithereens.

For example, that most delicate of diplomats, the London-run U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, lyingly described the mission of Kofi Annan, the joint emissary of the UN and the Arab League for the Syria crisis, as regime change and forcing Syria to accept foreign-controlled enclaves of "humanitarian corridors" on their territory—neither of which has been agreed to by the United Nations, due to Russian and Chinese refusal to go along with those policies.

In an interview with CNN yesterday, Rice said that Annan will "try to broker a swift transition in which ultimately Assad steps aside.... That's ultimately what his mission is about, as well as trying to stop the fighting right away and ensure that humanitarian access is granted." As for Assad, the bloodthirsty Rice stated, "the noose around his neck is tightening," adding that she of course is for a peaceful resolution, "to the extent that that remains still a viable outcome."

Kofi Annan, who met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for two hours today, had to describe his mission more cautiously as merely "to seek an urgent end to all violence and human rights violations, and to initiate efforts to promote a peaceful solution."

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was in Cairo today, to meet with the Arab League, prior to heading to the United States where he will meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and then participate in a UNSC meeting on Syria. Fireworks can be expected from both of those meetings, as a new draft resolution on Syria has been prepared by the U.S. to present to the Security Council, which the Russians have already announced that they wholly oppose.

London is pre-organizing all its minions to beat up on Russia in advance of the UNSC session. For example, the Qatari prime minister told Lavrov that the rebels fighting Assad should not be called "armed gangs," and that a ceasefire between the two sides (which the Russians are calling for) is not enough. A March 10 wire on the subject went right to the British point on Russia: "Russia's firm stance [on Syria] comes amid Western fears of an even more aggressive tone from Moscow following Vladimir Putin's crushing win in this month's presidential elections."